INTERESTING to note that there is a huge campaign in Fiji for the second year running to conserve stocks of the kawakawa (grouper) which is under threat, The country’s first citizen – President, Major-General Jioji Konrote – is the patron of the programme which calls on citizens to refrain from catching, selling or eating the fish during specified times of the year. It’s somewhat unnerving that while one arm of the state has mounted a campaign to protect the fish, another is selling the kawakawa and advertising the fact on social media. Perhaps eyes will be averted to the sales because the campaign is voluntary and will not become law until 2018?
TRAVEL into some of the more remote areas of Fiji and government officers have been severely hampered in delivering their services to the public because of a lack of vehicles. In the provinces of Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata, officers at remote posts often have to wait up to two weeks for access to a pool vehicle to visit up to 1000 farmers on corrugated roads hours apart. Public service vehicles are often available just once a day in these areas. Yet, late last month farmers and agriculture officers watched in awe as up to 60 Government vehicles stirred up the dust along infrequently accessed public roads as officials accompanied Rear-Admiral Frank Bainimarama on his most recent constituency visit.
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